‘Bila Hudood: Arabic Literature Everywhere’ Festival Wins Support, How You Can Get Involved

Ways you can get involved:


Please pitch us your panel ideas with a short 100-word description, along with suggestions for moderators and panelists. Thanks to judges @andoh_adjoa, Hannah Berry (@streakofpith) & Ian McMillan (@IMcMillan). In this video, you’ll briefly introduce yourself and then launch into selling your book in the hopes of piquing a publisher’s interest! Right now, we’re aiming to have six panels and up to sixteen pitches and short readings. Because of budgetary and audience considerations, all panels will take place in English with minimal on-the-fly interpretation. ‘Bila Hudood: Arabic Literature Everywhere’ Festival Wins Support, How You Can Get Involved

The Royal Society of Literature today announced the winners of the 2021 RSL #LiteratureMatters Awards. All participation will be paid. Please put BILA HUDOOD in the subject line of your email. Those who have ideas or questions can email us at info@arablit.org (Marcia) or contact@sawadhussain.com (Sawad). One of the seven winners was ArabLit’s Sawad Hussain, who won support for a free online festival, ‘Bila Hudood: Arabic Literature Everywhere’:

By Sawad Hussain & M Lynx Qualey

The three-day digital festival is set for July 9-11, and will feature both vibrant literature panels featuring contemporary authors and “quick pitch” sessions where translators will talk about Arabic books they think should appear in translation. Here are the winners & judges in their own words… pic.twitter.com/uKIJQO4s3h— Royal Society of Literature (@RSLiterature) April 29, 2021 Selected applicants will be paid a £50 honorarium for their pitch video. We are aiming for a diverse range of genres and geographies, and mean to include well-known writers and translators as well as emerging ones. Although we already have some panels in mind, we are open to hearing your ideas. You can be based anywhere in the world to take part in this festival! However, at this stage, please just send us the following:

a) 200-300 word description of the book (why it should be in translation? what’s so great about it?)b) A brief author profile

If your pitch is approved, then we will ask you to record a short dynamic video pitching your book to publishers. Deadline for submission of written pitch: June 1Please put BILA HUDOOD: PITCH in the subject line of your email. Deadline for submission: June 1Please put BILA HUDOOD: PANEL in the subject line of your email. PITCHES

With publishers in attendance from all over the globe, this is your chance to pitch the Arabic work you most passionately want to see translated into English. More from the RSL and #LiteratureMatters laureate Sawad Hussain, starting at the top of their thread:

We are proud to announce the winners of the RSL #LiteratureMatters Awards 2021, which aim to enable literary excellence & innovation. You are encouraged to include a short reading of a sample you have translated. Panels will be an hour in length, and panelists will be paid a £75 honorarium, moderators £100. Eventually, your pitch will be a video of you talking about the book.